The Rappaport Center Advisory Board is a diverse group of leaders with a broad range of public policy, government, nonprofit, and business expertise. Members of the Board offer ideas, resources, and connections to help further the mission of the Center.
Scott Harshbarger Advisory Board Chair Senior Counsel, Proskauer Rose LLP
Jerome Lyle Rappaport Founder, The Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation
Phyllis Rappaport Chairperson, The Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation
Lindy Aldrich, JD '06 Deputy Director, Victim Rights Law Center
Barbara Anthony, JD '77 Undersecretary, Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
David Barron Professor, Harvard University Law School
Cecilia Ugarte Baldwin Deputy Legal Counsel, Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick
Michael Caljouw, JD '91 Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Hsindy Chen, JD '08 Staff Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
Elyse D. Cherry Chief Executive Officer, Boston Community Capital
Rachael V. Cobb Chair and Associate Professor of Government, Suffolk University
Roger Donoghue, JD '83 Partner, Donoghue Barrett & Singal P.C.
Nir Eisikovits Associate Professor, Suffolk University
Elissa Flynn-Poppey, JD '00 Member, Chair of the Government Law Practice Group, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
Brendan Greally, JD '06 International Project Manager, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
Lyn Huckabee, JD '09 Residential Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
William Kennedy, JD '79 Partner, Nutter McLennan & Fish LLP
Michael McCormack, JD '72 Founder, The McCormack Firm, LLC
David Paleologos Director, Suffolk University Political Research Center
Steve Poftak Executive Director, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston
Walter Prince Partner, Prince Lobel Glovsky & Tye LLP
Kirk Sykes President and Managing Director, Urban Strategy America Fund
Bill Walczak Vice President of External Relations, Shawmut Design and Construction
Jane Wiseman Principal Consultant
Jerome Lyle Rappaport has been a mover and shaker in the Greater Boston area for more than fifty years, investing his energy and fondness of the city and the region into his successful career. A native New Yorker, Mr. Rappaport began his involvement in public policy while a student at Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He was an integral part of John Hynes’ campaign for mayor of Boston and served in Hynes’ administration. In 1950, Mr. Rappaport created the New Boston Committee, an organization that became an essential element in the revitalization of Boston. After four years of policy-level public service, he left government to start his career as an attorney. Mr. Rappaport also returned to Harvard, receiving his Master in Public Administration in 1963. In addition to his three Harvard degrees, Mr. Rappaport received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Suffolk University in 1989.
In 1993, with sons Jerry, Jr. and Jim, Mr. Rappaport founded the New Boston Fund, Inc., which owns, develops, and operates over fifteen million square feet of office, research and development, warehouse, and residential real estate. Mr. Rappaport is Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Rappaport has spent a lifetime as a political activist, real-estate developer, and philanthropist with a single goal in mind: to shape a better future for Boston and the region. His unwavering attention to the betterment of the city in both business and personal interests has manifested itself throughout the region in innumerable ways. That effort culminated in 1997, with the creation of the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation.
Over the years, Mr. Rappaport has been a dedicated and generous contributor to numerous charitable and civic organizations in Boston, and the Rappaport Foundation will continue that tradition. His wife and ten children have also provided substantial leadership to various communities and public service endeavors locally and nationally.
Phyllis Rappaport is the chairperson for the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation. She is also a Director of the New Boston Fund, Inc., a real estate investment company with $1.5 billion in assets under management, and a Co-Founder and Director of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.
Ms. Rappaport has an extensive background in public and nonprofit service, including serving as an elected member of the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School Committee for seven years. She serves on college, hospital, museum, and public policy boards throughout the region including the President’s Council of Massachusetts General Hospital, the DeCordova Museum, and the Advisory Board for the Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government.
Previously, Ms. Rappaport held diverse leadership positions at corporations such as Hewlett Packard and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Rappaport graduated from Smith College and Simmons Graduate School of Management.
Lindy Aldrich is Deputy Director of the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC). She represents victims of sexual assault across the Commonwealth in a wide range of legal areas, including her specialty of federal and state government benefits. Ms. Aldrich also coordinates the VRLC’s pro bono panel and the Rape Survivors Law Project, providing trainings and case facilitation for attorneys and paraprofessionals throughout Massachusetts. Ms. Aldrich, a 2006 Fenton Award recipient also worked at Greater Boston Legal Services.
Prior to her legal career, Ms. Aldrich worked in advertising and marketing for ten years. Ms. Aldrich graduated from Florida State University and Suffolk University Law School.
Barbara Anthony is the Undersecretary for the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. She was appointed to this position by Governor Deval Patrick in May 2009. Previously, Ms. Anthony served as the Executive Director of Health Law Advocates and the Regional Director for the Northeast Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission, headquartered in New York City. Additionally, Ms. Anthony served as the Chief of the Public Protection Bureau in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, where she directed the Office’s health care policy and health care litigation efforts. She has also served as Assistant Secretary of the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and as a Trial Attorney in the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.
Ms. Anthony, a Massachusetts native, is one of the Bay State’s best known consumer advocates and most highly respected public interest lawyers. In addition, she regularly appears as a commentator on consumer protection issues in the New York and New England media markets. Ms. Anthony graduated from Suffolk University Law School, where she currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law and on the Dean's Advisory Council.
David Barron is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where his research focuses on local government law, federalism, presidential power, the separation of powers, and constitutional law. His articles on these topics have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and the Supreme Court Review. Mr. Barron also comments on these topics for a variety of national media outlets.
Previously, Mr. Barron was the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as an attorney advisor in the United States Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel during the Clinton Administration. After receiving his J.D., he served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Barron is the co-author of a leading casebook in local government law, as well as two other books: Dispelling the Myth of Home Rule: Local Power in Greater Boston (Rappaport Institute 2003), and City Bound: How States Stifle Urban Innovation (Cornell University Press 2008), and is the co-author of the Boston Foundation report, Boston Bound: A Comparison of Boston’s Legal Powers With Six Other Major American Cities. Mr. Barron graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Cecilia Ugarte Baldwin is currently Deputy Legal Counsel in the Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick, advising the Governor and his staff on legal matters affecting the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Ms. Baldwin previosly worked as a Policy Analyst in the Office of Cabinet Affairs, working with members of the Administration to advance the Governor's agenda on behalf of the citizens and residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Ms. Baldwin was a 2007 Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy. For her fellowship, she worked with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Prior to joining the Office of the Governor, she served a legal fellow for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Previously, she served as an Associate Director for the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding quality and affordable after-school and out-of-school time programs, and as a Public Policy Associate for the Massachusetts School-Age Coalition. While at the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership she aided in the development of legislation to study after-school and out-of-school time programming in the Commonwealth and funding to support these services.
Ms. Baldwin is also an active board member of the Disability Law Center of Massachusetts. Ms. Baldwin is a graduate of Boston University and New England School of Law. At New England, she was Editor-in-Chief for the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement.
Michael Caljouw is Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. He joined Blue Cross in May 2008. Mr. Caljouw directs the company’s activities in a wide range of policy, legislative, and regulatory issues. Prior to joining Blue Cross, Mr. Caljouw was Senior Counsel at a national law firm, Holland & Knight LLP. In this capacity, he represented national and local clients in the administrative law, regulatory compliance, licensing, and insurance law fields. Mr. Caljouw also served in senior positions in Massachusetts government for ten years. Most recently, he was the Deputy Director, General Counsel, and Chief of Staff for the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. He also served as General Counsel to the Massachusetts Division of Insurance. In the Massachusetts legislature, he was the Chief of Staff and General Counsel to the Massachusetts Senate Minority Leader.
Mr. Caljouw taught Legal Writing and Research at Boston University School of Law for six years and has been a frequent commentator on topics of interest to the legal and public policy community. He has also been profiled in the Boston Sunday Globe and the Suffolk Law Alumni Magazine. Mr. Caljouw graduated from the Boston Latin School, Williams College and Suffolk University Law School cum laude. At Suffolk Law, he was an Editor on the Law Review.
Hsindy Chen is a staff attorney at the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP). She represents low income clients in consumer, bankruptcy, and unemployment cases. She also recruits, trains, and mentors private attorneys and students who take cases on a pro bono basis. In addition, she coordinates several pro bono projects for VLP, including unemployment insurance clinics with several law schools in the Boston area (including Suffolk Law) and the Lawyer for the Day at the Boston Municipal Court, to advise and represent low income debtors. Prior to law school, Hsindy worked as a tenant advocate/organizer in New York City’s Chinatown. After graduating from Suffolk University Law School in 2008, she accepted a fellowship as a judicial clerk for the New York State Unified Courts working in the areas of juvenile delinquency and family law. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a distinction in Political Science and Suffolk University Law School.
Elyse Cherry is Chief Executive Officer of Boston Community Capital, a nonprofit community development financial institution whose mission is to build healthy communities where low-income people live and work. Ms. Cherry helped found Boston Community Capital in 1984 as a member of its original Board of Directors. Under her leadership, Boston Community Capital has invested nearly $1 billion in projects that provide affordable housing, good jobs, and new opportunities in low-income communities, helping to connect these neighborhoods to the mainstream economy.
An active civic leader, Ms. Cherry is a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Foreclosure Impacts Task Force and the Advisory Committee to the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. She is the past Chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and chaired the Board of MassEquality in 2004-2006 during the height of that organization’s successful campaign for the establishment and protection of marriage equality in Massachusetts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Forsyth Institute, an independent research institute specializing in oral health and its impact on overall wellness, and LPAC, a political action committee created to support candidates who champion issues impacting lesbians and their families including ending discriminatory treatment of LGBT individuals and their families; supporting sexual and reproductive freedom and women’s access to quality health care; and furthering social, racial, and economic justice for all Americans. She has served as Vice Chair of Opportunity Finance Network, a national organization of community finance intermediaries, on the Mission Driven Investment Committee of the Kellogg Foundation, on the Dean’s Council of Northeastern University Law School, and on the external Board of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.
Ms. Cherry is an attorney and a former partner at the law firm of Hale and Dorr, now known as Wilmer Hale, where her transactional practice focused on commercial real estate finance and development. Early in her career, she served as a field examiner at the New England region of the National Labor Relations Board and as a VISTA volunteer in rural Tennessee. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Northeastern University School of Law.
Rachael V. Cobb, Ph.D., is Chair and Associate Professor of Government at Suffolk University. Professor Cobb specializes in U.S. elections, election administration, electoral politics, civic engagement, and political participation.
In 2006, Professor Cobb received a grant from the United States Election Assistance Commission to establish the University Pollworkers Project, a nonpartisan program designed to recruit college students as poll workers as a response to reports of an estimated shortage of 500,000 poll workers nationwide. Since 2006, more than 300 students from the Greater Boston area have received training and worked as poll workers. In 2008, Professor Cobb served as co-principal investigator on the Boston Area Colleges Exit Poll, in collaboration with D. James Greiner (Harvard Law School) and Kevin Quinn (Harvard Government Department).
Her work has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Political Science and Studies in American Political Development.
Professor Cobb serves on the board of MassVOTE. She received her Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College.
Roger Donoghue is a Co-Founder and Senior Partner of Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C. He heads the Government Relations Department at the firm and specializes in legislative and regulatory affairs, lobbying, and business strategies. Mr. Donoghue counsels regional, national, and international clients in such industries as health care, telecommunications, high technology, real estate development, insurance, and restaurant and hospitality. He and his staff advise clients on the strategic implications of developing and maintaining relationships with government, and represent clients before regulatory agencies and public authorities.
Previously, Mr. Donoghue served as the Director of Public Affairs for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Director of Government Relations for the National Federation of Independent Business, and spent several years in private practice. Mr. Donoghue graduated from Holy Cross College and Suffolk University Law School.
Nir Eisikovits is Associate Professor of legal and political philosophy at Suffolk University, where he co-founded and directs the Graduate Program in Ethics and Public Policy. Prof. Eisikovits's research focuses on the moral and political dilemmas arising after war. His recent book, published by Brill, is titled Sympathizing with the Enemy: Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, Negotiation. He has also written numerous articles on political reconciliation, transitional justice, the role of forgiveness in politics, truth commissions, and the ethics of war. He is currently writing a new book on truces and ceasefires.
An Israeli attorney, Prof. Eisikovits earned his Ph.D. from Boston University in 2005. He is a senior research fellow at the International Center for Conciliation. In addition to his scholarly work, Prof. Eisikovits comments frequently on the Middle East conflict for major American newspapers and magazines. His op-eds and essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, the Miami Herald, the National Interest and the Forward among others.
Elissa Flynn-Poppey is a partner at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, PC. She practices in the Public Finance and Litigation Sections, and is the Chair of the firm’s Government Law Practice Group.
Before joining Mintz Levin, Ms. Flynn-Poppey was Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor Romney and Executive Director of the Judicial Nominating Commission. In addition, she was an Associate in the litigation department of a Boston-based law firm, focusing primarily on the defense of complex litigation. Previously, Ms. Flynn-Poppey served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, and was a research assistant to Judge Joseph Nolan of the Supreme Judicial Court for the update of the Massachusetts Practice Series. Ms. Flynn-Poppey actively pursues pro bono work. She led the re-drafting of Massachusetts restraining order legislation for victims of sexual assault, criminal stalking, and criminal harassment, for which she received the Rappaport Center’s 2010 Public Service Award.
Ms. Flynn-Poppey is a member of numerous boards of directors of nonprofits.For over ten years, she has been an active board member of Friends for Children, a Dorchester based nonprofit whose mission is to prevent and end child abuse.She is a board member of the New England Legal Foundation Advisory Council and a board overseer for the MSPCA. She also serves as a Trustee of Bridgewater State College and as an editor of the Massachusetts Bar Association Law Review. Ms. Flynn-Poppey graduated from Bridgewater State College and Suffolk University Law School.
Brendan Greally is the International Project Manager for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, a quasi-state economic development agency which works to keep Massachusetts at the forefront of innovation. In this role he is responsible for all international ventures and works to improve the innovation landscape through cluster development, research collaborations, regional growth strategies and other key initiatives.
Prior to working for the MTC, Brendan served as the Chief Legal Counsel and Research Director for the Joint Committee on Revenue at the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In this dual role, Mr. Greally advises the House Chair on legal and legislative matters pending before the Committee, co-authors revenue and taxation legislation, and directs strategic communication around Massachusetts tax policy. Mr. Greally has co-authored landmark legislation restructuring the state’s corporate tax code and the $1 billion life sciences act. He is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of Parkway-in-Motion, a local nonprofit that supports youth in West Roxbury and Roslindale neighborhoods.
Mr. Greally is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, where he was elected as President of both the Student Bar Association and Irish American Law Society. A native-born Bostonian, Mr. Greally received his L.L.M. in European Union Law from Lund University in Sweden and lived in Galway, Ireland for several years. In 2008, Mr. Greally was awarded a fellowship at the New Leaders Counsel and is currently an active member of their Advisory Board. In 2010, he was nationally recognized by the Irish Voice Newspaper’s Irish Legal 100 for his legal and nonprofit work within the Irish American Community in Boston.
Scott Harshbarger is the Senior Counsel at the firm of Proskauer Rose LLP. Mr.. Harshbarger's practice focuses on strategic counsel and litigation, corporate investigations and defense, corporate and nonprofit governance, and government regulation. Previously, Mr. Harshbarger served as Massachusetts Attorney General from 1991 to 1999, during which time he was elected President of the National Association of Attorneys General. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Harshbarger served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Common Cause in Washington, DC. In 2003, Mr. Harshbarger was appointed by Governor Mitt Romney to head the Governor’s Commission on Corrections Reform. In 2010, he was appointed by theMassachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to chair the task force on hiring and promotion in the Judicial Branch. In 1982, Mr. Harshbarger was elected as District Attorney of Middlesex County and was re-elected in 1986. Prior to serving as District Attorney, Mr. Harshbarger was the first General Counsel of the State Ethics Commission, Chief of the Public Protection Bureau in the Attorney General's Office, and Deputy Chief Counsel for the Massachusetts Defenders Committee.
Mr. Harshbarger is the chair of Proskauer's National Pro Bono Initiative, Chair of the boardof Community Resources for Justice (CRJ), andVice Chair ofthe Ethics Resource Center in Washington DC. Mr. Harshbarger taught Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics at Boston University Law School for twenty years, was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School for three years, and was a Hadley Distinguished Professor at Northeastern Law School and College of Criminal Justice. Mr. Harshbarger graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He was also a Rockefeller Fellow at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Lyn Huckabee is currently the Residential Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator at the MA Department of Energy Resources. Ms. Huckabee was a 2007 Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy. For her fellowship, Ms. Huckabee chose to work at the Department of Energy Resources (DOER). She assisted the DOER legal staff by drafting policy statements and regulations for the market based trading of public benefits in the energy sector. After graduating from Suffolk University Law School in 2009, Ms. Huckabee accepted a position as the Residential Program Coordinator at the DOER.
Ms. Huckabee is an active volunteer with the Junior League and a board member of the Boston Younger Women’s Task Force.
Previously, she sold energy services for Johnson Controls and Siemens Building Technologies.
Ms. Huckabee graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Suffolk University Law School.
William Kennedy is a partner in the Business Department of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. He chairs Nutter's Public Policy group and is a member of the Public Finance group. Mr. Kennedy concentrates his practice on public law strategy, government relations, and administrative law. Previously, Mr. Kennedy was Chief of Staff and Chief Legal Counsel to the former Massachusetts Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief of Staff and Chief Legal Counsel to then-Representative Tom Finneran (Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee), Assistant Clerk to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts for Suffolk County, and an attorney for the Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mr. Kennedy also assisted in approving judicial nominations. Mr. Kennedy began his legal career in private practice in 1980.
Since 1982, Mr. Kennedy has been a member of the adjunct faculty of Suffolk University Law School, where he teaches evidence, ethics, legislation, administrative law, criminal procedure, and legal writing. He was the founder and associate director of the Suffolk University Legal Assistance Bureau. Mr. Kennedy is also a former member of the Judicial Nominating Committee and presently serves on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Association. Mr. Kennedy graduated from Holy Cross College and Suffolk University Law School cum laude.
Michael McCormack is the Founder of The McCormack Firm, LLC. Prior to founding the firm, Mr. McCormack had a distinguished public service career. He was elected to the Boston City Council in 1981 and served five terms as an at-large member. He served as an Assistant Attorney General and then as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over the course of three decades.
Mr. McCormack is a member of the Suffolk University Law School Dean's Advisory Committee. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts and Suffolk University Law School.
David Paleologos is the director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, where he has worked since 2002 in partnership with WHDH/7News (NBC-TV Boston) and WSVN/7News (Fox News Miami) conducting statewide polls and bellwether survey analyses in Massachusetts and elsewhere.
The Research Center’s cutting-edge survey research of the body politic and public opinion has gained both national and international attention for its high degree of accuracy – its results reported by such major news organizations as CNBC, Associated Press, Bloomberg, the BBC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, NBC, Fox News, and Reuters, as well as in more than 200 newspapers and online magazines.
During the 2008 Presidential Primaries, Suffolk University was ranked number 6 out of 41 polling organizations based on median deviation from actual outcome by Survey USA. In early 2010, Suffolk called the surprising upset win by Scott Brown for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, the Democratic Primary landslide of Joe Sestak against Senator Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, and the come-from-behind win by Sharron Angle against the Republican field in the Nevada Senate Primary. Mr. Paleologos and the Research Center finished off 2010 with 7 out of 7 correct calls in closely contested U.S. Senate General Elections.
In January 2012, in the New Hampshire GOP Primary, the Suffolk poll predicted Mitt Romney would receive 37 percent of the vote in a landslide victory. Romney received 39.3 percent. Later that month, the Suffolk poll was out on a limb, predicting another landslide win for Romney in Florida with 47 percent of the vote. Romney received 46.4 percent. Once again, the Suffolk poll was the closest, as reported by Real Clear Politics.
Mr. Paleologos is also a lecturer in Suffolk University’s Government Department, where he teaches one of the department’s most popular courses: Political Survey Research. This intense course exposes students to every aspect of political polling, including pretest, questionnaire design, sampling, interviewing, coding data, and analyzing results. Now in its seventeenth year, Political Survey Research continues to garner attention both on and off campus, with Paleologos serving as a frequent guest lecturer on the political survey process at Emerson College, Boston University, Boston College, Harvard, and Tufts.
Steve Poftak is executive director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. Poftak was Director of Research and Director of the Center for Better Government at the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. He has led research projects and authored a number of papers on transportation policy, government efficiency, municipal finance, and job creation. His op-eds have run regularly in newspapers across the state. Previously, Poftak worked at the Commonwealth's Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where he managed the $1.3 billion capital budget, prepared the state's quarterly cash flow reporting, and monitored non-tax revenue receipts. His prior experience includes service as Director of Corporate Finance for a privatization fund in Southeastern Europe. He holds an MBA from the Olin School at Babson College and a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College. He is a Boston resident, is married, and has children who attend the Boston Public Schools.
Walter Prince is a partner at Prince Lobel Glovsky & Tye LLP. Mr. Prince is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts with more than thirty years of experience in transportation, commercial law, and civil and white-collar criminal litigation. While serving as an Assistant United States Attorney,Mr. Prince was Chief of the Major Drug Traffickers Prosecution Unit. Prior to joining the US Attorney’s Office, he served as general counsel to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Mr. Prince was also appointed by two governors to serve as a member of the Judicial Nominating Council. He was appointed special counsel to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination andwas chairman of the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Health and Education Tax-Exempt Trust, a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company.
Mr. Prince is a former president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, the former vice president of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, and the current vice president of the Ford Hall Forum. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boston College Law School for over two decades.Mr. Prince graduated from Boston State College and Boston College Law School.
Kirk Sykes is President and Managing Director of Urban Strategy America Fund. Mr. Sykes is responsible for supervision of the partnership equity placement, the identification of potential and actual investments and developments, and management of the day-to-day business operations of Urban Strategy America Fund. He combines his professional training and twenty-five years of hands-on experience in the areas of development, design, and construction to create customized responses to the complex issues of urban real estate development. Previously, Mr. Sykes served as the President of Primary Group, Developers & Architects. He reviewed many of the largest development projects in Boston as a Mayoral appointee to the Boston Civic Design Commission. His combination of business finance, development, and community-based experience allow him to bridge the competing concerns that sometimes block urban projects from moving forward.
Mr. Sykes graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in architecture. His education also includes Harvard Business School, Owner and Presidents Management Program, MIT Center for Real Estate Development, Commercial Development Executive Program, and École Polytechnique in Paris, France.
Bill Walczak is Vice President of External Relations at Shawmut Design and Construction, a leading national construction management firm with offices in seven cities. Mr. Walczak is a founder of the Codman Square Health Center, a multi-service center in Dorchester, where he was CEO from 1980-2011. He is founding president of Codman Academy Charter School, a K-12 school that shares the health center campus. The Codman Health and Education Center is considered a model of a collaboration, using the medical and educational systems as a platform for community regeneration.
Mr. Walczak is active in a variety of community activities in Boston and Massachusetts, focusing on health care, education, and the non-profit sector. He is a co-founder and was Co-CEO of DotWell, a partnership with the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center. He is the founding president of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Massachusetts’ statewide association for nonprofits, and is current chairman of the board of STRIVE, a job training center in Dorchester. He is a senior fellow at the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Boston University and is on the Executive Advisory Council for WBUR radio. He is President of the board of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, is on the Friends’ Committee for the Friends of the Public Garden, and is on the board of the Centering HealthCare Institute. He is a member of the Boston Leaders for Education coalition and is a Barr (Foundation) Fellow.
Mr. Walczak has also been past president of the UMass Boston Alumni Association (where he is on the Board of Visitors), Codman Square Neighborhood Council, and Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association. He was founding President of Boston HealthNet, a network of community health centers with Boston Medical Center. He was also a founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Health Careers Academy. He served on Gov. Deval Patrick’s Health Care Transition Committee and on the New England Steering Committee for the Barack Obama presidential campaign. He has received numerous awards and has worked in a number of countries on community development efforts, including involvement in the peace process in Northern Ireland for many years, in South Africa, and in Vietnam. He is married to Linda Walczak, lives in Dorchester, and has two grown children.
Jane Wiseman is a management consultant with twenty years of experience in both strategy consulting for government agencies and appointed service in government. Her current clients include the United States Department of Justice as well as a wide range of businesses, from IBM to small, local businesses. Her prior consulting work has included organizational strategy, performance management, and government strategy work for Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Wiseman recently served as Assistant Secretary for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security where she received recognition for her organizational reform efforts in the Pioneer Institute of Public Policy Better Government Competition.
Other government service for Ms. Wiseman includes an appointment as Assistant to the Director for Strategic Planning, National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice. Ms. Wiseman has also served as a Staff Assistant for the United States House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, and as an Intern for the United States Office of Management & Budget.
Ms. Wiseman is also an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University in the Government Department.
Ms. Wiseman graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master of Public Policy.